Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Centralized Board Eases Promotion Woes

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Centralized Board Eases Promotion Woes

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Most noncommissioned officers and commanders will be expected to answer questions about enlisted promotions at one time or another during their careers. However, given the myriad of guidance and references covering promotions, the answers may not always be easy to find. Now, a centralized promotion board has been established to streamline the process.

Under the watchful eyes of Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, Theater Adjutant General Command Sgt. Major Steve Longwill has developed a centralized Enlistment Promotion Directorate (EPD) for deployed Army Reserve Soldiers. According to Longwill, it has the potential to be the most efficient and effective means of promoting Soldiers in theater.

"Soldiers who have been deployed into a theater of war are among the best qualified to be our future leaders," he said. "This centralized directorate will look out for the welfare and morale of Soldiers, as well as provide an opportunity to enhance the readiness posture of the Army Reserve."

The EPD specifically targets promotable Army Reserve specialists and sergeants in the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operating Enduring Freedom theaters of operation. While promotion qualification requirements have not changed, the advent of the new directorate has simplified considerably the "how to" mechanism.

Before the EPD, promotions often were lost in the shuffle of multiple guidance that differed according to individual unit or Regional Readiness Command (RRC) policy. Some promotion boards were held in theater and some at the RRC level, while other promotions were overlooked altogether.

Now, all records to be considered for promotion will be supervised and submitted by the Theater Adjutant General Command Sgt. Major at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to the EPD. The directorate will receive and review packets, correct and/or return packets, board packets, and update promotion lists as appropriate. …

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